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A Geek's Movie Review Of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

I loved Sin City when it hit theaters back in 2005. It was so different than anything I had seen up until that point and the faithfulness it held towards the comics was incredible. Sure the dialogue was melodramatic and clunky but damn was it fun!

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is basically the same format as the original, but more restrained and simultaneously more amplified. The stories are more personal, while at the same time they took what people responded to the most the first time around and dialed that up to eleven.

For example Marv, played by Mickey Rourke, was arguably the breakout character of the first film and he’s featured in almost every segment of this film in some capacity. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Sin City, so I’m a bit fuzzy on the details but I’m trying to work out exactly when The Hard Goodbye from the first film takes place in context of A Dame to Kill For.

Here’s the thing, if you went into Sin City: A Dame to Kill For to see more of what you liked the first time around, you are definitely in for a hell of a good time. It has the same over-the-top hardboiled feel of the original that blends ultra-violence with campy b-movies and neo-film noir.

The downside is that you feel it doesn’t introduce anything new. Sin City’s success the first time around was to introduce some fresh and new visual language to filmmaking that hasn’t been properly duplicated (Frank Miller’s The Spirit doesn’t count). Director Robert Rodriguez isn’t known for getting Oscar winning performances out of his actors so don’t expect any nuanced roles.

Mickey Rourke again knocks it out of the park as Marv who you can’t help but love. Eva Green brings the character Ava Lord, aka the dame to kill for, to life and seems to relish every scene she’s in– the same could be said of Rosario Dawson who just seems to have a ball in both films. Joseph Gordon-Levitt while great in this (as he usually is in everything) seems like his story was just shoe-horned in… you could cut it from the film and not miss a beat. All the other actors do a serviceable job although the make-up on Josh Brolin to make him look like Clive Owen was kind of hilarious to see.

Ultimately, it’s more of the same from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez but again, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a fun night at the theaters watching some over the top neo-noir… and how often do you ever get to say a sentence like that, never mind watch a movie like that?

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets 3 out of 5 stars. Here’s the NSFW red-band trailer:



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